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Parents' Guide to

You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?!

By Dawn Friedman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Inspiring intro to the baseball great's life.

Book Jonah Winter Sports 2009
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Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 7+

My favorite biography to read aloud

I can't help reading this book in a Brooklyn accent to my second graders and they just love it. Sandy's story is interesting to kids, the language and delivery really hook them. And for Jewish kids, both religious and not, his story can be especially inspirational.
age 6+


This is an inspiring book, even though my children do not yet understand it. My son is a left-hand pitcher on his little league, and I know this will be motivating for him when he gets older.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Koufax's story is inspiring, and author Jonah Winter relates it easily using a friendly, colloquial voice ostensibly belonging to one of Koufax's unnamed teammates. The tone makes You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?! a fun read-aloud for adults, and the picture book format gives even reluctant readers an easy way to get a lot of baseball history and stick-to-it inspiration in one sitting.

But what really makes this book a knockout are Andre Carrilho's highly stylized illustrations. Detailed with gold foil, the pictures manage to look modern while capturing the retro mood of the story. The heavy shadowing accurately imparts the drama of Koufax's story and the smooth swirl of graphite curves helps create movement, which is appropriate for a sports story.

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